Students from two local high schools visited the Yahoo! Sunnyvale campus today to learn more about what we do and to understand how a few of us got to be here. I was lucky enough to get to be one of the presenters, so I shared my bizarre career path and what I do here at Yahoo!. I firmly believe that my position is the most fun one here, I mean how many people can say their main job is to just talk to amazing people and get to know them? The life of a Community Manager is almost always rosy.
It was fun to be able to show them the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP) as well. When I told them that we had a free hosting option and that they could monetize their apps as well, I could see the dreams of world domination brewing! The skill set of these junior developers was interesting too. Most of them were playing around with C++, but as far as traditional web languages go, their experience was limited to tinkering around with HTML.
Disappointing to see was the low number of females present. Of the 40-50 teenagers, there were only 5 or 6 girls. For a computer science students from Silicon Valley high schools, that was rather surprising.
Regardless, the students were attentive, respectful, and asked plenty of questions, and the overall experience was delightfully positive. I think many of them are hoping to parlay their way into their own little dream job. Future career competition is on my horizon.
Community Manager, YDN